The term meningitis refers to a disease that causes inflammation of the meninges, the protective covering that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and other organisms, and it can be deadly if it is not treated promptly. Learn about the many forms and symptoms of meningitis, and find out what kinds of treatment can help save the lives of people who come down with the disease. Infectious diseases affect everyone. Although not all are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those that they afflict, and can sometimes have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the series Deadly Diseases and Epidemics takes the reader through all aspects of infectious diseases -- from the history of the disease and its method of infection, to its treatment and prevention. The books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology. Book jacket.Shmaefsky, Brian is the author of 'Meningitis', published 0014 under ISBN 9780791067017 and ISBN 0791067017.